People have been paying outlandish prices for rare items throughout human history. Even before money was invented, people were willing to trade valuable goods for things, that while not particularly useful, were deemed important. While auctions have provided this service in recent times, they were normally the preserve of collectors and the rich.
Sites like eBay have allowed everyday people to buy and sell online in a way that just was never possible before. Although the vast majority of listings might not deal with a lot of money there are some rare items that sell for vast sums. Whether it is a one-of-a-kind collectible, a rare comic, or even a luxury supercar, these types of listings are able to attract big spenders. All of these examples will surprise you with how much they sold for.
20 Stadium Events ($41,000)
Stadiums Events is a sports game that was released for the NES. It is an exceedingly rare title as it was acquired by Nintendo shortly after its release and recalled so that they could repackage the game and sell it under a new title. This means that there are only a few surviving copies remaining. A mint-condition version sold for $41,000 in 2010.
19 Leeds United Centenary Shirt and Book Limited Edition 1919 ($80,000)
Soccer club Leeds United released a special limited edition shirt and book in 2019 to celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary. With only 1,919 of the shirts sold through the club’s official store, they became much sought after by die-hard fans who missed out. Some buyers put their shirts on eBay shortly afterward, with bids for one reaching a high of $80,000 before it sold.
18 Hot Rod From Grease ($180,000)
A 1949 Mercury was listed on eBay in 2014, eventually selling for a staggering $180,000. What made the car so special was that it was the Hot Rod that appeared in the 1978 movie Grease. Carmaker Eddie Paul helped give a car a makeover after it had been left abandoned for several decades, restoring the vehicle to its former glory.
17 Barry Bonds 715th Home Run Ball ($220,000)
A ball that Barry Bonds hit for a home run sold at auction on eBay for $220,000 in 2006. The item was put up for sale by a Seattle-based company called Mpire. The listing was special because the ball was actually the 715th ball that the baseball star hit for a home run, putting him at second on the all-time list.
16 Tom Brady Rookie Card ($250,000)
Tom Brady is now established as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time as well as one of the most successful NFL players in history. Its no wonder then that memorabilia and merchandise from his playing career sell for huge amounts. In 2018, a rookie card sold for the price of $250,000. The card was a record price for a sports card.
15 Ian Usher ($310,000)
In 2008, Ian Usher listed himself on eBay. The auction included his entire life, including all of his possessions such as his home and car. The Brit, who now lived in Australia, wanted to start a fresh new life after his marriage broke down. The listing eventually went for $310,000 and he used the money to accomplish a bucket list of goals.
14 Martian Meteorite ($450,000)
The Zagami Martian meteorite was a piece of rock from the planet Mars that hit Earth in 1962. It landed in Nigeria and was later broken up into several pieces and sold on. The largest of these pieces were put up for sale in 2006 on eBay, where it was won by a user who bid an astonishing $450,000.
13 Original Hollywood Sign ($450,000)
Many people don’t realize that the original Hollywood sign actually read Hollywoodland. It was erected in 1923 to help promote a real estate company and was eventually replaced when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took control of its maintenance. Businessman Dan Bliss later bought it before putting it on eBay in 2005, earning $450,000.
12 Samuel Allsopp's Arctic Ale ($500,000)
Alcohol may not be particularly expensive the vast majority of the time but there are some exceptions. Bottles of expensive champagne, for example, can cost thousands. Even that doesn’t compare to this bottle of ale. Created especially to be taken to the Arctic on an expedition with Sir Edward Belcher, it had a very low freezing point. It sold for an impressive $500,000.
11 Patek Philippe Grand Complications Watch ($535,449.99)
The Patek Philippe Grand Complications Watch is a Swiss watch that was listed on eBay in 2018. It ended up selling for $535,449,99. This made it one of the most expensive watches ever sold and the priciest watch ever listed on eBay. It topped a list of other watches that ran into tens of thousands of dollars.
10 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson’s Baseball Bat ($577,000)
Shoeless Joe Jackson was an America baseball player during the early 1900s. Regarded as one of the best players in the era, setting several longstanding records, he was implicated in a match-fixing scandal and banned from the sport. A bat that had once been used by him went on sale for 10 days on eBay, reaching a price of $577,610 when the auction ended.
9 2016 Lamborghini Aventador ($659,800)
The Lamborghini Aventador is an Italian sports car that was created in 2011, with the last model produced in 2016. It is capable of going from 0-60 mph in under three seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. A seller put the 2016 version of the vehicle up for sale on eBay in 2017 and it eventually sold for $659,800.
8 2003 Enzo Ferrari ($1 Million)
The Enzo Ferrari is a 2003 car manufactured by the Italian car maker. Designed by Ken Okuyama, it was named after the founder of the company. Just 400 of the vehicles were made and they were sold at an initial price of $659,330. A mystery UK seller placed the car on eBay in 2006, where it sold for in excess of $1 million.
7 Bridgeville, California ($1.77 Million)
The town of Bridgeville lies in Humboldt County, California. With a population of just 25, it is a tiny community that was established in 1875. It came to public attention in 2002 when it was put up for sale. The listing included everything in the area, including a post office and three houses. The final bid was $1.77 million, making it the first town in the US to be sold on eBay.
6 Missile Silo ($2.1 Million)
A former missile silo that had been converted into a home went up for sale on eBay in 2002. It included several bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a Jacuzzi. The seller marketed it to those who wanted a luxury home but also be safe from potential disasters, as the three-foot thick wall would protect everything inside. When the auction ended, the highest bid was $2.1 million.
5 An Albert Einstein Letter ($3 Million)
Although Albert Einstein is best known for his scientific work as a physicist, he also wrote on several other topics. One such letter, where he talks about God and religion at length, was put up for sale in 2018. It attracted many bids and eventually sold for almost $3 million.
4 Action Comics No. 1 ($3.2 Million)
Action Comics No. 1 is a much sought after comic book that first released in 1938. It is famous as it was where Superman made his debut. Experts believe that only around 50 of the original comics are still in existence and very few are in good condition. 2014 saw a mint copy of the issue go up for sale on eBay. The winning bid reached a staggering $3.2 million.
3 Crypt Above Marilyn Monroe’s ($4.6 Million)
Most people don’t buy the land where they wish to be buried and if they do they won’t want to spend too much money doing so. That wasn’t the case in 2009 when someone bought the crypt directly above from the one where Marilyn Monroe was buried. The previous owner wanted to sell it, even though it was the resting place of her husband, in order to pay her outstanding debt on her home. It sold for $4.6 million.
2 Lunch With Warren Buffett ($4.6 Million)
Every year, Warren Buffett takes part in a fundraising effort for the Glide Foundation in San Francisco. This is usually done in the form of an auction, where the winner is able to attend a dinner with the businessman. The previous record was $3.5 million but this was beaten in 2019 when the winning bidder paid $4.6 million.
1 Gulfstream II ($4.9 Million)
The Grumman Gulfstream II is a private jet built in the United States. First manufactured in 1966, it became popular with businesses and is still used today despite being succeeded by several new iterations. In 2001, Tyler Jet but the aircraft on eBay, where it attracted a winning bid of $4.9 million.